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30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

I’m a master procrastinator, a couch lover and a guy who has been nicknamed “the last minute man” (kids have batman and superman, why can’t I get a name?). Nobody can tell you more about procrastination than I.

Below I listed 30 habits of procrastinators. If you find yourself having more than seven then a procrastinator is who you are (and that’s not flattering, you gotta do something about it asap!).

1.You get up late

You try to be an all-nighter and you delay your important tasks to the early AMs. Finally you end the night with a series of “energizing naps” which stop when you suddenly realize that it’s already the next afternoon and you’re not finished.

    2.Everytime is your bed time

    Like I just stated, you don’t know when to sleep or when you wake up. So you simply sleep when you want to procrastinate. You don’t have a certain time to start working which makes it hard to get anything done.

      3.You are getting addictive

      Eating, drinking or nail biting calms you down for a while when you are nervous and stressed. But you just do it to get away from the boring to do list that you have on your shoulder.

        4.When it’s too hard, you give up

        You’re in love with new beginnings, a new movie to watch, or a new piece of cake to eat. You’re just so stressed that the only way to get out of it is to give up.

          5.You no longer trust yourself

          You never keep a promise, especially to yourself. You know that promises are stronger than you and that you can’t get out of it, so you just stop making them.

            6.You envy hard workers

            You admire how organized hard workers are. You really admire them and you want to be the same but deep inside you believe that you can’t That’s why the more you procrastinate the more you admire hard workers.

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              7.Your life is in a predictable loop

              Procrastination became a rooted habit and you can predict your day before it even begins. You know what you can and what you can’t and overcoming your habits is just impossible.

                8.The Last time you hit the gym was 2 decades ago

                With a bad sleeping habit and an addictive/bad eating behavior, getting fit is just a dream.

                You’re good at setting diet plans, but you never implement them.

                  9.Your friends always complain

                  You’re always late for an appointment, you simply don’t get along with the idea of being on time.

                    10.You are always in a hurry

                    Because to be early is boring as hell. And hard too.

                      11.You have a messy room/workplace 

                      You only clean when you have an even more boring task to do.

                        12.You are easily stressed

                        Someone with a messy life must get easily stressed, especially when the idea of not being able to get things done fast become a fundamental belief.

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                          13.You think “meditation” is a new shampoo

                          You’re so stressed that you can’t imagine life without it, relaxation is just an illusion.

                            14.Planning is something you can only find in Game Of Thrones

                            The number of the uncompleted plans you commit yourself to is bigger than the number of episodes of your favorite show. Planning is something that only happens in movies or in GOT.

                              15.And you’re waking up when it comes to deadlines

                              The inner voice only screams when you’re running out of time. You only take action when you’re threatened with a “Must do”.

                                16.Because it never seems to be late

                                You always have enough time. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself.

                                  17.And you’re one of Bill Gates’ favorites

                                  You’ve always find yourself in this quote:

                                  “I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because, he will find an easy way to do it” – Bill Gates

                                    18.You enjoy dreaming about the future

                                    When you don’t know how to motivate yourself to work, your day dreaming becomes an addiction.

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                                      19.It always seems very easy until you do it

                                      You see people making it and it looks easy but when you try it it’s not. This goes from a body transformation to a business plan. You’re easily excited but never get along with the hard work.

                                        20.The most boring tasks become sexy

                                        From grabbing something from supermarket to paying your phone bills, every boring task become enjoyable except the task you procrastinate. Remember your school days.

                                          21.While facebook is your best friend

                                          The place where all the fun begins, is where you check your “seven-years-haven’t-seen” friend’s status, and the never-ending notifications from people liking your latest post. You spend more time on facebook than the time you spend to get things done.

                                            22.As are excuses

                                            You simply believe you can’t, which is the biggest excuse someone can give.

                                              23.Your kitchen is where you grab motivation

                                              You simply can get your butt off to work and you hope food can do it for you. It’s just another excuse to keep away from what scares you or what makes you feel helpless.

                                                24.You have no weekends

                                                Because you don’t know when to rest, your nights and days are the same. Weekends are when you work and midweeks is when you rest. You’re far from being organized.

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                                                  25.Waking up from “why are you late?” phone calls happens too often

                                                  How many times has your boss called you up for being late and you were sleeping? You know better.

                                                    26.You become a Pepsi man

                                                    Except for Redbull, coffee and tea.

                                                      27.When you love full hours

                                                      You’re in love with full hours. When it’s 7.51 you promise you’ll start at 8.00 and when it’s 8.32 you set the alarm for 9.00.

                                                        28.You’re a “desktop games” fan

                                                        Spider solitaire, Sodoku, bubble shooter, and Packman, all are on your phone or laptop. They’re your work buddies.

                                                          29.If you have a single wish, it is to have more self-discipline.

                                                          You really believe in that.

                                                            30.You are the best at giving advice you never listen to

                                                            You tell people what to do, because you’re a master of research for better ways to get things done, but you never tried them yourself.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Matt Gibson via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on March 21, 2019

                                                              11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                                                              11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                                                              Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

                                                              You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

                                                              But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

                                                              To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

                                                              It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

                                                              “What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

                                                              The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

                                                              In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

                                                              Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

                                                              1. Start Small

                                                              The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

                                                              Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

                                                              Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

                                                              Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

                                                              Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

                                                              Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

                                                              It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

                                                              Do less today to do more in a year.

                                                              2. Stay Small

                                                              There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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                                                              But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

                                                              If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

                                                              When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

                                                              I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

                                                              Why?

                                                              Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

                                                              The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

                                                              Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

                                                              3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

                                                              No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

                                                              There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

                                                              What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

                                                              Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

                                                              This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

                                                              This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

                                                              4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

                                                              When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

                                                              There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

                                                              Peter Drucker said,

                                                              “What you track is what you do.”

                                                              So track it to do it — it really helps.

                                                              But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

                                                              5. Measure Once, Do Twice

                                                              Peter Drucker also said,

                                                              “What you measure is what you improve.”

                                                              So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

                                                              For reading, it’s 20 pages.
                                                              For writing, it’s 500 words.
                                                              For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
                                                              For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

                                                              Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

                                                              6. All Days Make a Difference

                                                              Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

                                                              Will two? They won’t.

                                                              Will three? They won’t.

                                                              Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

                                                              What happened? Which one made you fit?

                                                              The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

                                                              No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

                                                              7. They Are Never Fully Automated

                                                              Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

                                                              But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

                                                              What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

                                                              It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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                                                              The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

                                                              It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

                                                              It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

                                                              8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

                                                              Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

                                                              Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

                                                              When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

                                                              The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

                                                              Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

                                                              9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

                                                              The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

                                                              Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

                                                              You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

                                                              But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

                                                              So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

                                                              If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

                                                              This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

                                                              The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

                                                              Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

                                                              10. Punish Yourself

                                                              Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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                                                              I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

                                                              It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

                                                              You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

                                                              No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

                                                              The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

                                                              But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

                                                              11. Reward Yourself

                                                              When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

                                                              Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

                                                              The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

                                                              After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

                                                              If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

                                                              Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

                                                              If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

                                                              In the End, It Matters

                                                              What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

                                                              When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

                                                              And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

                                                              “Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

                                                              Keep going.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
                                                              [2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
                                                              [3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
                                                              [4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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